Originally written June 21, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
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Colorado Rockies center fielder Dexter Fowler has been nursing a hand injury over the past week. He told Thomas Harding of MLB.com that he continues to hold out hope that he’ll avoid a stint on the disabled list, but the Rockies are getting to the point where a decision must soon be made regarding his status. "I want to play," Fowler said. "I'm frustrated over the fact that it still hurts, but at the same time I don't want it to get worse. It's still sore. I could wear the soreness, but at the same time that's their biggest fear, that it will go the other way. It's getting better, but I don't want to regress." Fowler suffered the injury when he was hit on the hand by a pitch from Washington Nationals starter Ross Detwiler last Thursday. He’s since played sporadically, as he continues to experience pain in his right ring finger while taking cuts at the plate. Initial X-rays came back negative, and another round was taken yesterday and also confirmed that no fracture or break has since developed. Still, Harding notes that the Rockies run the risk of overusing Carlos Gonzalez and Michael Cuddyer – outfielders who are dealing with ailments of their own – by keeping an unavailable Fowler on the roster. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?
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